How Big IS a Hippo’s Tail, Exactly?
‘Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox. Behold, his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly. He makes his tail stiff like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together. His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like bars of iron. “He is the first of the works of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!”’ ~ Job 40:15-19
I am not quixotic by nature, though I am no pessimist, either. I don’t believe in fairies or boogey-men, though I do believe in the supernatural—as acts of God. That being said, I have to admit to some, let’s say, ‘kooky’ beliefs—or, at least, near beliefs.
Take, for example, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. I am completely open to the facts of their possible existence, though I do not believe that they are anything out of the ‘ordinary’ per se. It is within the realm of possibility, or even probability, that some previously unknown species of animal—not monsters—exist in the dense forests of the Pacific Northwest or the deep, cold waters of Scotland. In fact, in this Age of Information in which most folks think we have everything figured out, scientists are discovering previously unknown species of animals on a fairly regular basis.
Such ‘unsolved mysteries’ hold a great deal of attraction for me. I used to relish watching the Leonard Nimoy-narrated ‘In Search Of’ programme as a child, reading everything on the Kennedy Assassination I could get my hands on, and trying to figure out the great unsolved capers of our times.
One such caper, in particular, has always fascinated me—that of D. B. (Dan) Cooper. Somehow he managed to hijack a passenger airplane, obtain $200,000 ransom, parachute from the rear of the craft over the dense forests of Washington State—during a storm at night—and disappear without a trace! Did he die before he reached the ground? Perhaps he was killed upon the landing? Still, the authorities never found parachute, much less his body.However, they case may be on the cusp of being solved. A very intriguing article may provide answers to the 36 year-old crime mystery.
“Yes, I knew the culprit personally,” Lyle [Christiansen] wrote one day. “He was my brother.”
I have often wondered what impact we, as Christians, could have if we simply stopped feeding the Beast?
Here is the reality. Iran has an economy the size of Finland’s and an annual defense budget of around $4.8 billion. It has not invaded a country since the late 18th century. The United States has a GDP that is 68 times larger and defense expenditures that are 110 times greater. Israel and every Arab country (except Syria and Iraq) are quietly or actively allied against Iran. And yet we are to believe that Tehran is about to overturn the international system and replace it with an Islamo-fascist order? What planet are we on?
If it pleases God to move in them, nobody is beyond redemption. [NB: I do not support the ‘out of body’ claims, among other certain points in the article.]
The second thing we can take away from this event is that Fox News is scared to death of Ron Paul. Not because he can beat the other Republicans but because he can beat Hillary.
Ron Paul wins Christian Conservative Poll!!
‘”We’ll renew the [American] base on one condition: that they let us put a base in Miami—an Ecuadorean base,” [Ecuador’s President] Correa said in an interview during a trip to Italy.